As an undergraduate Mr. Byrd worked with the King y Wastewater Treatment Division WTD as a Community Relations Intern. Upon graduation he worked as a Water Quality Planner for King y WTD and researched sustainable storm water management. Mr. Byrd served as a Peace Corps Environmental Education Volunteer in Paraguay from 2008 to 2012. As a volunteer his work focused primarily on sustainable solid-waste management and the implementation of a school district wide project titled Zero Waste = Healthy Schools.  Mr. Byrd published a project manual and launched the project as a national campaign in 2012.